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Equality Florida International Drag Day

By Charlotte Robinson, July 17, 2023

Equality Florida celebrated International Drag Day to remind our community that Drag is art. Drag is community. Drag is protest. Drag is not a crime. Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director stated, “For decades, drag has been an essential part of our fight for LGBTQ liberation. It’s been used as a form of expression & protest & a source of entertainment & joy. During the Stonewall riots, drag queens & transgender women played a significant role in resisting police violence & oppression & drag performances have continued to serve as a form of protest against discrimination, homophobia, biphobia & transphobia. The contributions of drag throughout history have been critical in promoting greater acceptance & understanding of the LGBTQ community. Right now, Governor DeSantis & his right-wing allies are threatening drag artists with vague, unconstitutional laws — attempting to make us fearful & push LGBTQ people back into the closet. But we’re not going to stand for it. Because an attack on the drag community is an attack on all of us. That’s why dozens of allies to the drag community came together for our #DragIsNotACrime photoshoot in Wilton Manors & St. Petersburg to get drag makeovers & let me tell you... they were STUNNING. DeSantis’ attacks on drag, like the dehumanization of transgender people, are about enforcing rigid stereotypes & policing how all of us express our identities. That’s why it’s so important we continue to join in on these acts of joyful resistance to DeSantis’ censorship & discrimination agenda & fight back!. DeSantis can’t ban our joy, our Pride, our art, our families, our history or our existence.” 

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